This Masquers short (the first of the series) is a parody of every old-time melodrama that trod the stages or graced the silver screen...Our Nell...the Old Folks at Home...the Old Homestead... See full summary »
Manhattan gangster John "Czar" Martin enters the trucking business in an effort to control the produce market. When he catches popular trucker Danny Jordan robbing the gang's office to ... See full summary »
Created under the guidance of jazz impresario and Verve Records founder Norman Granz, this short captures the spontaneity of a jam session and is one of few film records of black jazzers of the day including tenor sax legend Lester Young.
George 'Red' Callender,
The Codonas are a family of trapeze artists on their fourth generation in the business. Lalo Codona is the catcher, 'Alfredo Codona' and Vera Codona being those that fly through the air. The Codonas are seen performing and practicing under the watchful eye of their father, Edward Codona, once a trapeze artist himself. Trapeze is a skill that requires strength, agility and good timing. The Codonas possess all three. Alfredo's most crowd pleasing tricks include a double somersault while blindfolded, and a triple somersault, he being the only person alive that now masters the latter.Written by
The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences, at its fifth annual awards ceremony in 1932, inaugurated awards for Short Subjects in three categories: Cartoon, Comedy and Novelty. This movie was originally declared the winner in the Novelty category. When producer Mack Sennett found out that his short Wrestling Swordfish (1931) had lost the Novelty Oscar to this film by only three votes, he protested, because under the Academy's rules then in effect, a three-vote spread was considered a tie. The Academy Executive Secretary ordered a new vote by the entire membership, and Sennett's short was declared the winner. See more »
Individual members of the Codonas family are identified orally by the narrator. See more »
Oscar nominated short with Pete Smith narrating this look at The Flying Codonas, a fourth generation family of trapeze artists. The high wire acts are pretty exciting and the film moves along very well. According to the intro, this film originally won the Oscar by three votes but back then that would mean a tie. Another film's producer, Mack Sennett, demanded a recount and on that vote his film won.
The history of this film is very interesting to say the least.
If you're interested in seeing this then Turner Classic Movies shows it quite often.
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